Presidents Border Wall Construction Officially Began Monday Less than 10 Miles West of El Paso

This project is underway. This is the beginning of the presidents Border Wall. width=419Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas The Department of Homeland Security marked the official start of construction on President Trumps promised border wall Monday at a groundbreaking ceremony less than 10 miles west of El Paso Texas. The $73 million operation was funded through the $1.6 billion Congress gave Customs and Border Protection in the omnibus last month.  The project is scheduled to be completed by next March. Customs & Border Protection (CPB) wants an additional 1000 miles of new fencing and said the $25 billion Trump requested in January would be enough to get all of it built.

The president has started his project said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron E. Hull during a press conference at the border in Santa Teresa N.M.

This project is underway. This is the beginning of the presidents Border Wall.

It is going to deter all but the most determined illegal entrants from entering the United States here Hull said.

It is going to make it harder to cross for illegal aliens. Its going to make it harder for smugglers and border criminals to move freely between the two countries as they do now.

width=147Santa Teresa is one of four sections of the border that DHS agency Customs & Border Protection (CPB) announced in late March will replace and build new barriers. The 20-mile Santa Teresa project will replace 3-foot-tall posts and a taller mesh fence with 18 to 30-foot walls made primarily of concrete. The walls steel structure will stretch six feet under ground and be fastened into two feet of concrete beneath. The portion of the wall that is above ground and visible will have a five-foot plate at the top that will deter people from scaling it. Existing barriers were meant to prevent vehicles from driving off-road to cross the border. Hull noted the mesh barrier was expensive and time-consuming for agents to repair.
This part of the Santa Teresa area of operations is our busiest area for illegal alien apprehensions and it has been for years. Its also a prime corridor for the smuggling of narcotics Hull added. The wall that were going to put in here is going to serve as an effective barrier to both. Its going to allow us to make more effective use of our agents and our technology.
width=395Hull said the new wall which had a little more than a mile built as a test last year has already proven durable. Weve got a 1.3-mile section of this bollard wall that we put in last year. We are very pleased with the outcome. It is safer and its durable. The proximity to the highway has resulted in this wall being run into on a couple of occasions by vehicles and in one case a five-ton truck. The capability of that bollard wall to sustain that impact is a testament to the money well spent to secure the border Hull said.  
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